The Victorian Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families, investing in more kindergartens on school sites and helping parents ditch the dreaded “double drop-off.”

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that a new kindergarten will be built on site at Rosewood Downs Primary School in Dandenong North.

The Victorian Government will fund two kindergarten rooms, as well as administrative facilities and outdoor play spaces – encouraging children to get active and enjoy nature.

The new kindergarten, which will be delivered in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, will offer 66 licensed places when it opens in 2023.

As part of the Three-Year-Old Kinder roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, supporting local jobs in construction and across the supply chain in the process.

Every new Victorian primary school set to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, making kindergarten programs easier to access, drop-off time simpler and more convenient for parents – and ensuring the transition from kindergarten to school is smoother for children.

In an Australian-first, the Government is investing $5 billion this decade to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt

“Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.”

“We’re already giving Victorian kids an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action to make sure kinders are more convenient and accessible for busy families.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Kindergartens on school sites are about delivering better facilities and education to children in early education by making the transition to school that much easier.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams

“I’m delighted that Rosewood Downs families are a step closer to getting the fantastic early years and school facilities they deserve – in one convenient location.”